In one of our earlier blogs, we covered how to make iced chai. In this blog, we’ll be telling you how to make the even easier recipe of cold brewed chai tea! This is a refreshing and soothing drink ideal for summers. Compared to iced chai, a cold brew chai is far less astringent, contains less tannins, and is quicker to prepare.
A pre-mixed chai blend is recommended for cold brewing because it maintains the perfect balance of all the spices and the tea. Adding in these ingredients separately (e.g. using ground cinnamon, cardamom, and ginger) is also possible, but it will increase the prep time and may not guarantee the finely balanced cold brewed chai.
So let’s get right into it!
Prep Time: 10 Minutes, Brew Time: 10-12 Hours
For this recipe, you’ll need:
- 3 Teabags or 1 tbs of a Masala Chai blend. For this, we recommend our Saffron Masala Chai, which comes blended with more than 5 different spices, dried rose petals, and the luxurious Indian saffron. The floral base makes this drink refreshing and perfect for a hot day.
- 1 Cup Water
- Sugar or Honey, to taste
- Ice cubes
- Begin by simply adding a chai-tea bag or the equivalent amount of loose-leaf tea in a glass.
- Pour lukewarm water (room temperature also works) into the glass.
- Let the drink sit for about 10 minutes. Then, stir it gently to distribute the flavors of the tea and your choice of sweetener evenly.
- Cover the glass with a lid and place it on your kitchen countertop (room temperature preferred) for 12-14 hours. If you prefer it cold, you could put it in the refrigerator as well.
- For a stronger brew, leave it in for longer – but not too long! It may taste bitter if left to brew for more than a day.
- Once brewed, add the ice cubes and your choice of sweetener, to taste.
- Your cold brew iced chai is ready!